James Lovegrove – Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities

It’s a little under a year since I read the first in the Cthulhu Casebooks trilogy, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows, and here we are with the follow-up. Editor James Lovegrove provides a useful introduction to Watson’s manuscript, and answers some of the questions that have arisen since the publication of the first book. Apparently, some people have suggested that Lovegrove actually wrote the book himself and just made up the story of how the typescripts came into his possession.   He denies this, of course, and points out that this second volume is so much in the style of two of Watson’s original novels[1], and including as it does a manuscript from a second writer, that such a feat of imitation would be far beyond his skills. Well, I’m convinced, anyway…

Anyway, Holmes and Watson are involved in more danger involving deeply unpleasant nasties including a Nightgaunt, and the usual levels of misdirection and mystery. While trapped and anticipating a fate including a very unpleasant death, they’re able to read a manuscript very much in the manner of the noted historian HP Lovecraft, involving a trip along the Miskatonic River that leads to Very Bad Things, and explains much that has been happening in London.

And finally, all is revealed, and the real cause behind all the horrors is made clear. So nice to meet old fiends, err friends…

It’s an absorbing tale, but is it true? Is it an elaborate hoax on the part of Lovegrove or some unknown party? Was Watson losing his marbles late in life?  Did HP Lovecraft make it all up and fake it as a Watson narrative? We may never know. But perhaps the forthcoming third volume will provide more clues.

[1] For such we must describe them if these newly revealed stories are to be believed, not the authentic accounts that we’ve always assumed them to be.

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